Ascent of White Mountain Peak on 2012-08-04

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Collin Kamholz
Al Sandorff
Date:Saturday, August 4, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:White Mountain Peak
    Elevation:14246 ft / 4342 m

Ascent Trip Report

Collin and I met Al at the Grandview Campground, had a couple of beers, and got about four hours of sleep before breaking camp and driving up to the (lower) Barcroft gate and the trailhead about an hour later. The gate was closed, so we had to walk the additional 2 miles or so up to the research center, which we had expected. The going was a bit slow at the beginning as Al is still working through the terrible, nearly fatal injuries he suffered in a bad fall on Clark Mountain last May - his drive to be in the mountains again and determination to complete his recovery is inspirational! In any event, the weather was cloudy and beginning to darken, and I began to be concerned if we would be able to summit before an electrical storm hit. I "needed" this summit to complete my club's list by the end of the year, and all my other weekends are planned until mid-November, which is too late.

So in the area just beyond the upper observatory I left Collin and Al, and began to push fairly for the summit, averaging about 3 mph for the last 2100' vertical, passing several parties. The weather was still holding but a breeze picked up on the summit, and I began to get a little cold, so I started down after about 20 minutes on top and a little early lunch. I descended the road, went up a little outcrop and took some photos, went by Collin and spoke with him, and met up with Al at around 13600'. We hiked the rest of the way to the summit together.

After a second, longer interval on top, which included an ascent of the shack to the roof for some laughs, we went back down. The going was again a bit slow, and eventually we opted to split up again, so I could go get the vehicle and shorten the trip time, and spare Al the wear and tear on his ankle which was hurting, and hopefully end Collin's headache quicker. Holding better than 4 mph on the way down, I was able to get to the trailhead, open the seemingly locked lower gate (I had noticed it wasn't locked earlier in the morning), and drive the vehicle up to the research center where I met Collin and Al who arrived a few minutes later.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4065 ft / 1238 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4065 ft / 1238 m
    Round-Trip Distance:17.4 mi / 28 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Cloudy with storm clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3012 ft / 918 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2563 ft / 782 m; Extra: 449 ft / 136m
    Loss on way in:449 ft / 136 m
    Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Route:White Mountain Road
    Start Trailhead:Lower Gate  11683 ft / 3560 m
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3616 ft / 1102 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2563 ft / 782 m; Extra: 1053 ft / 320m
    Gain on way out:1053 ft / 320 m
    Distance:9.8 mi / 15.8 km
    Route:White Mountain Road
    End Trailhead:Lower Gate  11683 ft / 3560 m
    Time:5 Hours 42 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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